The Polish Air Force Academy in Deblin will get three new Hélicoptères Guimbal Cabri G2 light training helicopters, sources at the military flight aviation school confirmed.
The Cabri G2s come for about 1.5 to 1.7 million US dollars, including spare parts. Like Polish and Russian made helicopters the French made Cabri G2s have clockwise rotation of the main rotor, which was an important selection criteria for the Polish Air Force.
The new choppers can reach speeds up to 100 knots (185 kmh), cruise at 90 knots (166 kmh) and reach destinations as far as 380 nautical miles (700 km) with a 15 minute fuel reserve. On station time can be max 5 hours and 40 minutes.
Hélicoptères Guimbal was founded in late 2000, with the purpose of developing and certifying the two-seat helicopter Cabri G2. This also involved the full-scale industrialisation for serial production. The program was based on the achievements of the technological demonstrator that Bruno Guimbal had built and tested in the 90’s. On December the 15th, 2007 in Le Bourget, after six years of intense development and nearly 300 hours of relentless flight testing, Alain Leroy, EASA director, delivered the Cabri G2 Type Certificate. The Cabri G2 is the first European piston-engine powered helicopter.
Source: Siły Powietrzne / Hélicoptères Guimbal